Mississippi mom’s identical quads ‘incalculable’

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Kim Fugate looks at one of her four identical baby girls, born Feb. 8.

Kim Fugate thought she was having triplets. Then she heard a doctor say something alarming during her Caesarian-section delivery.

“There are more feet.”

That’s when she learned she was having quadruplets.

Fugate and husband, Craig, as well as the entire health-care team working on her case, believed she was having triplets.

The babies, all girls, arrived Feb. 8, just shy of 13 weeks premature. All the babies are doing well in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Hospital bracelets list the names of Kim Fugate’s idential quadruplets: Kenleigh Rosa, Kristen Sue, Kayleigh Pearl and Kelsey Roxanne.
Hospital bracelets list the names of Kim Fugate’s idential quadruplets: Kenleigh Rosa, Kristen Sue, Kayleigh Pearl and Kelsey Roxanne.

Dr. James Bofill, professor of maternal fetal medicine, said the odds of spontaneous quadruplets are 1 in 729,000. But in the Fugates’ case, the odds are even smaller because their girls split from a single egg, meaning the siblings are identical.

“Those odds are incalculable,” Bofill said.

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